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Elections and Politics Information: Voting Information and Resources

This guide is intended to provide best practices for doing politics and activism on campus, as well as information on how to get involved in the elections.

Dates and Deadlines

Important New York State (NYS) Deadlines:

  • Applications must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2020, and received by a board of elections no later than October 14, 2020, to be eligible to vote in the General Election.
  • Application for the General Election Absentee ballot no later than seven days (October 27, 2020) before the election
  • General Election ballots will be mailed out beginning on or about September 18, 2020
    • Livingston County will start sending out ballots for the general election today (9/25/20).
  • New York State requires your ballot to be both postmarked by November 3, 2020, and received by November 10, 2020
  • Early Voting Period is October 24, 2020 - November 1, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Events related to the election
    • October 20th 2020 Candidates Forum: This year, the forum will last two hours and will be structured into two sessions. Both sessions will last 60-minutes and will be moderated by the SUNY Geneseo Student Association President Kaitlyn Bertleff, with assistance from the Andrew Goodman Foundation Voting Ambassadors. All questions will be collected ahead of time by a google form and approved by the Geneseo Votes Coalition, which consists of Democrats, Republicans, and on-campus nonpartisan civic engagement organizations.
    • The first hour (7:00-8:00 pm EST) will consist of a debate between the candidates for the 27th Congressional District. Debate Rules: All candidates will have two minutes for opening statements, two minutes for responses, 1 minute for rebuttals, and two minutes for closing statements.
    • The second hour (8:00-9:00 pm EST) will consist of a moderated forum with State Senate candidates and State Assembly candidates. Forum Rules: The first 30- minutes will be for the State Senate, the second 30-minutes for the State Assembly. Questions will be collected during the five-minute intermission and fielded live. The bipartisan Geneseo Votes Coalition will approve questions. Candidates will have two minutes for opening statements, two minutes for responses, and two minutes for closing statements.
  • Events from the Political Science Department:
    • October 21 at 2:30 Professor of Communications Dannagal G. Young of University of Delaware will speak on the American Political Landscape.  Dr. Young is the author of Irony and Outrage: The Politicized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States.
    • On October 23 at 4pm, Laura K. Field (Senior Fellow, Niskanen Center) and J. Russell Muirhead (Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics and chair of the Department of Government at Dartmouth College) will take part in a conversation on "Conspiracy and Democracy: Misinformation, Anti-Liberalism, and Our Constitutional Future."  Democratic government requires an informed citizenry.  Today, the ubiquity of the internet and social media, together with rising populism and the willingness of an American president to sanction conspiracy theories, has contributed to a debilitating polarization and raised new and troubling questions about the future of constitutionalism and civic education.  Please join us for a discussion as we seek to understand the implications of these developments for the future of democracy in the United States.  Further information and additional details are available here.
    • October 28 at 2;30 Congressman Joseph Morrelle will speak on working in congress, his congressional career, and congressional elections.  Congressman Morrelle is a graduate of SUNY-Geneseo.

Geneseo Vote Page

How to vote by absentee ballot: a video tutorial